Tweets of the Day

Brexit SecretaryDominic Raab: "I cannot in good conscience support the terms proposed for our deal with the EU. Here is my letter to the PM explaining my reasons."

Work and Pensions SecretaryEsther McVey: "Earlier this morning I informed the Prime Minister I was resigning from her Cabinet."

Northern Ireland MinisterShailesh Vara MP: "With much sadness and regret I have submitted my letter of resignation as a Northern Ireland Minister to the Prime Minister. A copy of my letter is attached."

May Jeered

Wow. Imagine both Republicans and Democrats laughing at Trump that way in Congress.

May was openly and deservedly laughed at.

What's Wrong With the Deal?

  1. It potentially keeps the UK in limbo perpetually.
  2. While in limbo, the UK has to keep paying the EU for access
  3. While in limbo, the UK has no voting rights
  4. The deal does not solve the problem with Ireland, it only works out a temporary arrangement.
  5. The deal leaves the UK at the mercy of the ECJ, the European Court of Justice, an EU body.

What's Right With the Deal?

  • In a word: Nothing.
  • In a sentence: The deal stinks to high heavens so badly, it's hard to see how anyone could like it.
  • In a paragraph: The deal temporarily solves a few issues, but at enormous expense. It puts the UK at the mercy of the EU for years, if not forever.

Musical Tribute

Inquiring minds may be wondering if I have a musical tribute. Indeed I do.

Undisputed Truth

Smiling faces sometimes

Pretend to be your friend

Smiling faces show no traces

Of the evil that lurks within (can you dig it?)

Smiling faces, smiling faces, sometimes

They don't tell the truth

Smiling faces, smiling faces tell lies and I got proof

Oh, oh, yeah​

May's Square One Lie

May said rejection of this deal would constitute a "return to square one".

That's a bald-faced lie.

Both the UK and the EU are making preparations for a hard Brexit. Procedures covering worker's rights, trade through the tunnel, air traffic etc., are all in the works. The longer this goes on, the less scary a hard Brexit becomes.

That indeed is the reason for May's gambit. She needs to scare the begeebies out of everyone for political fame: "I worked out a deal, hurray!"

Rotten Kettle of Fish

Given that the deal solves no problems but forces the UK to keep paying a Brexit bill, the EU will not agree to any changes that are not in the EU's favor.

Some deals are so bad they must be refused.

The UK should take a pass on this rotten kettle of fish.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

EU Blinks Already: In the Face of No Deal Brexit, the EU Finds a Unicorn

In the face of increasing odds of a hard Brexit, solutions that Barnier told Theresa May cannot work, now magically do.

EU Offers UK a Slap in the Face Deal: Assessing the Current Brexit Odds

The EU offered Theresa May a "new" deal, but a quick perusal shows it was a deal that the UK rejected long ago.

Six UK Government Ministers Quit Over Brexit: Pound Slammed, Deal in Doubt

After digging into the 585-page Brexit document, Theresa May's ministers came to the right conclusion: The deal stinks.

No Deal Brexit Odds Rise: UK Thoroughly Rebuked at EU Conference in Salzburg

UK Prime Minister Theresa May presented her "Chequers" Brexit Plan at an EU Summit. She was thoroughly rebuked.

Musical Tribute to Bribes in the US, Israel, Nigeria, Everywhere

Israeli PM Netanyahu and Shell executives face bribery charges. US politicians are second to none when selling votes.

Duty to Leave: No "Meaningful" Brexit Vote Tuesday, Just a Political Circus

The UK Parliament votes tomorrow on Theresa's May's Brexit deal. Expect a circus, not a meaningful vote.

Brexit Vote: 432 No, 202 Yes - Motion of No Confidence Tomorrow

UK Prime Minister Theresa May went down in the worst defeat since the 1920s. Vote of No Confidence tomorrow.

Globally Bad Weather: A Musical and a Sweatshirt Tribute

Retail spending is down in the US and the UK. Don't worry, there's globally bad weather everywhere one looks.

Vanishing Vix Musical Tribute

Nothing seems to phase the stock market for more than a day or two.